Readers Gearing Up for Spring Horse Shows, Rides

More than 450 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Have you started your horse show season?"

results of poll on horse show season

Results were as follows: 

  • I don't show: 51.44% (232)
  • No: 28.16% (127)
  • Yes: 16.41% (74)
  • I never stopped showing: 3.99% (18)

Readers shared their show plans in the comments below.

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  • It's winding down here in Florida
  • Who can afford it?
  • Had a few months interruption as we have had an exceptionally rainy messy winter/spring.
  • We have started warm up show season. Our first ribbon show is April 10.
  • only breed to race
  • Starting endurance
  • I stopped showing after the Morgan breed stopped having affordable shows
  • I regret stopping when I went to university. I've not had opportunity to return.
  • The showring is where breeding for unhealthy traits is rewarded.
  • Used to, not since having my daughter.
  • My horse doesn't enjoy showing we just trail ride now. and have great fun.
  • 4H kids!
  • Can't afford entry cost.
  • It is now too expensive to travel to a show out of town, stay at a motel, and pay all the many fees!
  • can't afford to show this year
  • too costly & political
  • As of 3/2010
  • schooling in prep. will start middle of april officially.
  • too hard to get to shows & too expensive
  • I show Country Pleasure and our warm up show was last week!
  • we only do trail trials and such
  • preparing for dressage is not seasonal, especially with indoor arenas that are available.
  • Horse is shipping early so it will have to wait
  • We have become more selective because of the economy. We show more in winter & spring.
  • Don't show anymore, just ride for pleasure
  • First endurance ride- april 11
  • I showed for 40 yrs and recently stopped- now only trail ride
  • We start mid-April
  • First show of the season this weekend!!!
  • My first hunter show was Mar 21st and we did quite well. Breed shows start next month
  • I ride endurance (50 miles typically) and pleasure trail
  • I've retired my 26 yr. old mare from showing.
  • May 2 is my first! Too snowy and cold for earlier shows.
  • Our horses are Dude String Horses, so they get 6 months off !
  • I have shown twice.Will again when I ride better
  • I can
  • New England states shows usually start in April
  • Retired 3yr world champion
  • Quit showing about 30 years ago due to too much politicing by judges/competitors and lack of time
  • None of my adopted horses seem to enjoy showing
  • Not yet!
  • Live in CT, so mine starts in April, but started to ride my horse in March to be ready.
  • 1st show of the season starts this weekend!!!
  • barrel racing
  • showjumpers have done well, rosetts on the wall, dressage horse just started PSG, super boy !!
  • Yippee for indoor arenas!
  • 2 months behind in training and conditioning, too much rain to ride, no indoor riding area
  • I haven't due to my horse's lameness
  • starts in May for us up north in outdoors
  • First show is in June through September
  • Not even close!
  • yep, starts in March :) pony club rallies start in April.
  • not until May 30
  • First show of the season: Horse O'Rama in Fort Worth, Tx
  • In SE PA show season run from early May to October for dressage
  • have horse who is 11 but not ready to show because his mustang blood gets to him and then he's loco
  • Prefer competition like endurance and competitive trail riding.
  • i am recovering from a car accident.
  • just a schooling show
  • No shows, but trail riding starting next month!!! :D
  • I compete all year winter is a great time to bring horses on for a active summer season
  • Just got back from Vegas
  • Pleasure ride only
  • 2 AQHA Reinings and a North Central Reining show!
  • May 27 is the first show in Eastern Washington for Dressage
  • May 1 st...everyone starts going crazy!!!!
  • May 15th will be our first show for my 21 yr. old horse and I (61 yr. old).
  • Just Ride For FUN
  • no shows in our area, but ready!!
  • took last year off bred my mare she has a one month old foal at her side
  • I have mostly rescues / 6 horses and 2 donkeys, no shows but lots of Love
  • It doesn't start until May here in Ohio.
  • The cost is way too high; can't afford to go to all shows
  • Prepping atleast... Northeast ohio winters are pretty crummy without and indoor and a 4x4.
  • Northeast mud season for about another month, then . . . let the show(s) begin!
  • Haven't shown in years, too expensive, don't have time
  • generally starts in April through October
  • ponies shed out later so we show then
  • I show Saddlebred yr round all over and my students ride Academy
  • started last weekend
  • I live in CA. the shows never really stop. One season pretty much rolls into another.
  • I'm in Mn. I usually run from May to October

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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